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Greer passes texting while driving ban

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The texting ban passed by a vote of 5-2 on Tuesday evening. (April 22, 2014/FOX Carolina) The texting ban passed by a vote of 5-2 on Tuesday evening. (April 22, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greer became the latest Upstate city to ban texting while driving on Tuesday.

The ordinance passed by a vote of 5-2 in its second and final reading at the city council meeting, with one amendment.

The amendment to the ordinance will allow for voice operated typing.

Before the council meeting, the public was welcome to speak on the ban. People said they wanted people to stop texting and driving, but they didn't like the way the ban was written. 

They had concerns about enforcement and how officers would be able to ticket a driver based on his/her word against the driver's. They wanted to know how officers could be sure that someone broke the law and questioned officers' right to search someone's phone. 

Chief Dan Reynolds said that people must consent to have their phones searched. He said that his officers have more important things to look out for, but if someone is blatantly and dangerously texting and driving, they will be pulled over. 

It will go into effect on July 1, unless the state passes a similar law sooner. 

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